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It’s corn week at Big Barn – here’s why we should be celebrating this versatile food!

Sweet corn is now ready for us! Track down some brilliant British grown corn from your local farm shop using our local food map, because it can be found everywhere this time of year. One thing about corn is that it doesn’t just have to be served on a cob with butter and pepper. It’s a hugely versatile and delicious food that you can have with almost anything! They’re delicious with barbecued with paprika, or you can dry it and turn it into some of your very own posh popcorn on the cob.

Not only delicious, it’s also great for you and these 10 facts will probably leave you surprised.

1. Corn is a cereal crop that is part of the grass family.

2. An ear or cob of corn is actually part of the flower and an individual kernel is a seed.

3. On average an ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows.

4. Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob.

5. A bushel is a unit of measure for volumes of dry commodities such as shelled corn kernels. 1 Bushel of corn is equal to 8 gallons.

6. With the exception of Antarctica, corn is produced on every continent in the world.

7. There are over 3,500 tracked different uses for corn products.

8. As well as being eaten by the cob, corn is also processed and used as a major component in many food items like cereals, peanut butter, potato chips, soups, marshmallows, ice cream, baby food, cooking oil, margarine, mayonnaise, salad dressing, and chewing gum.

9. Juices and soft drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi contain corn sweeteners. A bushel of corn can sweeten 400 cans of soft drink.

10. Corn and its by products are also found in many non-food items such as fireworks, rust preventatives, glue, paint, dyes, laundry detergent, soap, aspirin, antibiotics, paint, shoe polish, ink, cosmetics, the manufacturing of photographic film, and in the production of plastics.

Buy fresh, ‘picked today’ from your local farm shop

11. Thousands of acres of corn are grown in this country to feed bio-digesters that produce electricity.

When you’re out shopping for your sweet corn please remember that it’s hugely important to get really fresh corn on the cob with leaves, rather than de-skinned, 4 day old, plastic packed, supermarket offerings – better for the taste buds and it leaves that single-use plastic as a thing of the past.

According to our friends at ‘Organic Facts’, corn’s health benefits include reducing the risk of digestive issues such as constipation. It provides necessary minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and copper, and helps alleviate anaemia with its B12 and folic acid content. It also helps with the beauty aspect, not that any of our readers need any help of course. But, corn is found in many cosmetic products and can aid in alleviating rashes or irritations of the skin.

So don’t delay use our local food map to find your local farm shop and ask when the corn was picked. You will probably find, like many other products, that it is cheaper than the supermarket, fresher and by buying locally you will be boosting your local economy.

If you’d like to be the next famous chef, then why not share your favourite recipe? For the chance to win a prize, please video your recipe and add it to KIS (Keep it Simple) Cookery. Please have a look at existing videos here and try and keep your video less than 2 minutes long.

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